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William Powell

Running Back  Ottawa Redblacks

Height:   5' 9''   Weight:   207

November 12, 2017    William Powell News

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Powell rushed eight times for 50 yards and added five catches for 27 yards in Sunday's 31-20 Eastern Semi-Final loss to the Roughriders.

Powell saw a more limited role than usual due to the sizable second-half deficit the Redblacks faced, but he still managed to make the most of his opportunities. The veteran running back was a revelation for Ottawa this season, posting a career-best 1,026 yards and five rushing touchdowns. Powell certainly showed enough to be factored in as a major component of the team's plans for next season, with his rushing and receiving skills giving him considerable value heading into 2018.

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October 27, 2017

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Powell carried 17 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns and managed one reception for one yard in Friday's 41-36 win over the Tiger-Cats. He also notched a pair of two-point conversion rushes.

Powell ripped off a 43-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds remaining, giving Ottawa the final margin of victory. The 29-year-old tailback also went in from eight yards out earlier in the fourth quarter to bring the Redblacks to within 33-28 at the time. Powell has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of his last six games, and Friday's tally put him over the 1,000-yard mark on the season. Given his excellent season, he projects to be a pivotal part of the Redblacks' postseason plan of attack.

October 14, 2017

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Powell carried the ball 10 times for 58 yards and added four catches for 14 yards in Friday's 33-32 win over the Roughriders.

It was his lowest rushing total since Week 9, ending a streak of four straight games for Powell with at least 100 yards from scrimmage. The 29-year-old will get next week off before the Redblacks host the Ti-Cats on Oct. 27, and with two more games remaining on Ottawa's schedule, Powell sits just 107 yards away from his first career 1000-yard campaign.

October 8, 2017

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Powell carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and added five passes for 32 yards in Saturday's 30-25 win over the Lions.

Trevor Harris gave his backs plenty of work in the passing game, as fullback Patrick Lavoie also caught five passes on the night. Powell now has 1,059 yards from scrimmage on the season through just 10 games, and the only thing keeping the second-year CFL player from being an elite fantasy option at RB is his relatively low touchdown total (three rushing, one receiving).

September 29, 2017

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Powell rushed 26 times for 187 yards and added two receptions for 11 yards in Friday's 18-17 loss to the Roughriders.

With the Redblacks once again trotting out Ryan Lindley behind center, Powell was leaned on heavily for the third straight week. The veteran tailback logged over 20 carries for the second time in the last three games and surpassed the previous career best of 144 rushing yards he'd established in Week 13. Powell has boasted as high a fantasy upside as any running back in the last three contests, making him an appealing option once again versus the vulnerable Lions defense in Week 16.

September 22, 2017

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Powell rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Friday's 29-9 loss to the Blue Bombers.

With their top two quarterbacks sidelined with injuries, it wasn't exactly surprising to see the Redblacks lean heavily on Powell for a second straight week, especially considering his 144-yard effort against the Alouettes last Sunday. Powell managed to get into the end zone for the first time since Week 7 and is now averaging an impressive 5.6 yards per tote in 2017. The 29-year-old could see another sizable workload in Week 15 versus the Roughriders, particularly if Ottawa finds itself down to Ryan Lindley at quarterback again.

September 17, 2017

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Powell (undisclosed) gained 144 yards on 25 rushes and added one reception for four yards in Sunday's 29-11 win over the Alouettes.

With the Redblacks down two quarterbacks, the onus was on Powell to carry the offense, and he came through in spectacular fashion. The 29-year-old logged career highs in carries and rushing yards, following what had been a three-game absence with an undisclosed injury. Powell has logged double-digit carries in five of the last six games he's played in, making him an especially appealing play in Week 14 against the vulnerable Bombers defense if Ottawa finds itself down to Ryan Lindley at quarterback.

September 8, 2017

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Powell (undisclosed) is on the one-game injured list ahead of Saturday's contest against the Tiger-Cats.

This will be the third straight week that Powell is absent with the undisclosed injury and there has been no report as to how he is progressing. Mossis Madu will once again draw the start at running back in Powell's absence.

August 30, 2017

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Powell (undisclosed) is not listed on the Redblacks' depth chart in advance of Thursday's game against the Alouettes.

Powell missed Saturday's tilt against the Lions and will likely miss Thursday's tilt as well unless his health takes an unexpected leap forward. In his stead, Mossis Madu will draw the start.

August 25, 2017

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Powell (undisclosed) was placed on the one-game injured list ahead of Saturday's game against the Lions.

This will be the second time in three weeks that Powell will be on the injured list, and while his injury has not been reported, chances are it is related to the hamstring issue Powell dealt with a couple weeks ago. In Powell's absence, Mossis Madu will get the start for the Redblacks in the backfield.

August 18, 2017

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Powell gained 33 yards on 12 rushes and added a pair of receptions for 24 yards in Friday's 37-18 win over the Ti-Cats.

Powell was back in action after missing last week's contest versus the Eskimos with a hamstring ailment. The 29-year-old's rushing total was actually his lowest since gaining just 30 yards in the opener, but he does encouragingly continue to have a modest yet consistent role in the passing game. Now apparently back at full health, Powell is likely to helm the Redblacks' ground attack moving forward. He'll look to generate better production against the Lions in Week 10.

August 17, 2017

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Powell will start at running back in Friday's game against the Tiger-Cats, according to TSN.

Powell did not play in last week's loss to the Eskimos, but he was able to practice without issue this week, and will be back in the Redblacks' starting lineup for Week 9. He will have an enticing matchup Friday against a Hamilton squad allowing 109.4 yards per game on the ground -- 12.5 yards more than any other team in the league.

August 9, 2017

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Powell (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's game against the Eskimos, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

Powell injured his hamstring in last week's loss to the Blue Bombers, and with the Redblacks playing again just six days later, he did not have enough recovery time in order to play in Week 8. With Powell sidelined this week, Mossis Madu will start at running back for the Redblacks.

August 8, 2017

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Powell's status for Week 8 is in question due to a left hamstring injury, according to Onside CFL Fantasy.

Powell went over 100 combined yards in rushing/receiving for the first time this season last week, but he also picked up another injury in the process. More information regarding Powell's Week 8 availability should be available shortly, but if he is unable to play, Mossis Madu would get the start in his place.

August 4, 2017

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Powell carried the ball eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 30 yards in Friday's 33-30 loss to the Blue Bombers.

He's gained at least 86 yards from scrimmage in four straight games since assuming lead back duties for Ottawa, but Powell's second-quarter fumble -- returned for a score by Winnipeg -- proved to be a crucial miscue in the team's fifth loss of the year. If ball security remains an issue for the 29-year-old going forward, he could begin to lose snaps to Mossis Madu.

July 24, 2017

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Powell rushed 13 times for 69 yards, hauled in three receptions for 27 yards and added 40 yards on a pair of kickoff returns in Monday's 27-24 loss to the Argos.

Powell continues to generate solid production in multiple phases, and he pulled double duty despite having logged 11 carries and six receptions just last Wednesday versus the Als. The 29-year-old tailback has taken the reins of the Redblacks backfield, as backup Mossis Madu, who was impressive in his own right in a pair of starts earlier in the campaign, logged just two rushes on the night. Powell has now seen double-digit carries in three straight games, although the 5.3 yards per tote he averaged Monday represented a welcome improvement on the sub-4.0 figures he'd posted in the prior two contests. Powell figures to continue in the driver's seat when the Redblacks tangle with the Blue Bombers following their Week 6 bye.

July 19, 2017

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Powell carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards and caught six passes for 50 yards in Wednesday's 24-19 win over the Alouettes.

The 29-year-old has produced back-to-back strong efforts out of Ottawa's backfield, piling up 178 yards from scrimmage and a TD in his two starts. Powell may be putting some distance between himself and Mossis Madu at the top of the Redblacks' RB depth chart.

July 14, 2017

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Powell (ankle) managed 46 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and added 40 yards on four receptions in Friday's 23-21 loss to the Eskimos.

Powell saw his most extensive action of the season after having logged just five carries coming into Friday, which all transpired in the opener against the Stamps. The 29-year-old found running room hard to come by (3.1 YPC), but the Redblacks were able to stick with the ground game given that the contest never turned into a blowout. He also powered in for his first touchdown of the season from two yards out with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter, getting Ottawa within 20-15 at the time. Given his solid effort Friday, it remains to be seen if Powell will have to share any touches with Mossis Madu -- who was a late scratch Friday -- when the Redblacks try for their first victory once again versus the Als in Week 5.

July 14, 2017

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Powell (ankle) is ready to go for Friday's tilt against the Eskimos, Tim Baines of OttawaCitizen.com reports.

Powell was listed as the team's starter for last Friday's game, but ultimately did not play due to "a bit of a setback on game day." He missed all of the 2016 season due to a ruptured Achilles, and has played in just two games thus far in 2017. Mossis Madu Jr, who filled in for Powell last week, has been scratched from the team's lineup. Thus, Powell figures to be in line for a relatively healthy workload.

July 13, 2017

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Powell (ankle) is listed as the starting running back for Friday's game against the Eskimos.

Powell was listed in the same spot the last two weeks and ultimately did not play, but he indicated earlier this week he expects to return to action Friday, and this puts him one step closer to doing so.

July 11, 2017

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Powell (ankle) is probable to participate in Friday's tilt against Edmonton, Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Powell suffered an ankle injury in Week 1, forcing him to be sidelined the following two games. The running back has been present in practice as of recent, meaning that it's likely that he's able to participate in Week 4's matchup against Edmonton. He has also disclosed that he "expects to be good to go" for Friday's tilt.

July 7, 2017

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Powell (ankle) is listed as the starting running back for Saturday's matchup with the Argonauts.

Powell was listed as the starter last week and was ultimately a game-day scratch, so his placement on the depth chart means little outside the fact that he will not spend this week on the injured list. The Redblacks will provide further details on their running back situation -- specifically, whether Powell or Mossis Madu will be the primary back this week -- over the next couple days.

July 4, 2017

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Powell (ankle) took part in Tuesday's practice, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

Powell's participation Tuesday gives him a chance to return to action for Ottawa's next game Saturday, but he practiced last week and ultimately did not play, so it's too early to determine his Week 3 status. A final call on Powell's status and role -- it remains to be seen if he or Mossis Madu will start if both are available -- will be made later this week.

June 30, 2017

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Powell (ankle) was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Stampeders.

Powell was knocked out of Ottawa's season opener with his ankle injury, and the setback prevented him from taking the field altogether in Week 2. Mossis Madu ran well Thursday in Powell's absence, so it remains to be seen who will get the starting nod for the Redblacks' Week 3 matchup with the Argonauts.

June 28, 2017

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Powell (ankle) is not expected to start Thursday's game against the Stampeders, according to Tim Baines of Postmedia and AJ Jakubec of TSN Radio 1200.

Powell was able to get some practice time in this week after injuring his ankle in Week 1, but it appears he will not be ready to play Thursday, despite the fact he was not placed on the injured list and remains atop the depth chart. If Powell is held out Thursday as expected, Mossis Madu would get the start in his place.

June 27, 2017

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Powell suffered an ankle injury in Week 1, but he was able to practice Monday, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Powell's injury limited him to just five carries in the Redblacks' season opener, but he did not seem overly concerned about his setback when asked about his status Monday. Powell's availability for Week 2 will likely be determined when Ottawa releases its position chart Wednesday.

June 23, 2017

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Powell carried the ball six times for 30 yards and caught a six-yard touchdown in Friday's 31-31 tie with the Stampeders.

Listed as Ottawa's starting running back coming into Week 1, Powell ended up seeing half the touches of the unheralded Brendan Gillanders but made up for his lack of volume by getting into the end zone. The 29-year-old Powell doesn't have much of a CFL track record but the same can be said for his competition in the Redblacks backfield, so this could end up being a muddy fantasy situation for much of the season.

June 22, 2017

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Powell is listed as the starting running back for Friday's season opener against the Stampeders.

It seemed that Mossis Madu was on track to start at running back for the Redblacks after producing down the stretch a year ago, but it appears it will be Powell getting the first crack at the job to begin the regular season. Powell missed all of last season while recovering from an Achilles injury, but he showed a glimpse at what he is capable of in 2015, racking up 605 total yards over seven games and averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

June 12, 2017

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Powell (Achilles) had one carry for five yards and one reception for 26 yards in the Redblacks' preseason opener.

An Achilles injury suffered last preseason prevented Powell from playing at all in 2016, but he has recovered from the setback and is healthy heading into the 2017 campaign. Ottawa has yet to decide who will open the season as the team's top back, and all of Powell, Mossis Madu, Shakir Bell, and Ed Ilnicki are candidates for the job.

January 31, 2017

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Powell (Achilles) re-signed with the Redblacks Tuesday, Gary Lawless of TSN reports.

Powell ruptured his Achilles tendon in June, rendering him out for the entire 2016 season. He will now come back to the Redblacks on a one-year deal and look to make an impact on the team's offense.

June 17, 2016

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Powell will miss the 2016 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Ottawa Sun reports.

Powell suffered the injury in Monday's preseason game. Powell had 447 yards rushing last season and was expected to be the starting running back. With Powell out, Travon Van will likely take over the starting job, but Travis Greene and Kienan Lafrance could also figure into the mix.